Thomas wants to come back leaner and faster
You can’t always believe the word on the street.
Joston Thomas knows that first-hand. The forward for the Hawaii basketball team was walking through downtown Honolulu one evening recently when a group of people approached and asked him why he wasn’t coming back to play for the Warriors.
“I don’t know where that came from,” he said with a laugh.
For the record, Thomas said he is returning for his junior season with the Warriors – and his plan is to come back leaner and faster.
“Actually I’m going to try to cut about 15 pounds just to be a little bit quicker,” said Thomas, who currently weighs around 250. “But I’m going to still try to stay at the same strength.”
Thomas averaged 9.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore this past season – his first season of NCAA Division I basketball. His season had ups and downs – he reached double-figure points in 17 games, but also went through a stretch where he scored four total points in three games.
“I feel like this year was the hardest because this was the rebuild,” he said. “We had a lot of new faces and we weren’t able to come in and pick from the start how to play with each other. But I still feel like we meshed well together and I think we’re going to do it even more so this year, and we’ll come back next season ready to go.”
For his part, Thomas said he plans to stay in Hawaii through the summer so that he can train with the UH strength and conditioning program.